Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Fool
Our Fool, which is numbered both 78 and 0 in this deck is titled Madness and Bewilderment. The figure is well groomed, well shod, well dressed and no boyish innocence apparent. He has a bell on his sash though which suggests he is seeking clarity which is the most difficult thing to find when mental illness raises its beastly head.
I'm reminded by this card we've really come no further in treating problems of the mind than when this deck was drawn. Instead of locking us in a barn or leaving us in the woods to die, we now have medication, but no way to pay for it, no safe haven for the bad times, and still no closer to truly understanding the why. But we can still hope this gentleman found the answers he set out to find.
"When you are mad, mad like this, you don't know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else's reality, it's still reality to you." ~ Marya Hornbacher 1974-